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Majority Rule? Not Anymore.

From the Military Times:
Flag-folding recitations by Memorial Honor Detail volunteers are now banned at the nation’s 125 veterans graveyards because of a complaint about the ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery.

The complaint revolved around the narration in the 11th fold, which celebrates Jewish war veterans and “glorifies the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”

The National Cemetery Administration then decided to ban the entire recital at all national cemeteries. Details of the complaint weren’t disclosed.

Administration spokesman Mike Nacincik said the new policy outlined in a Sept. 27 memorandum is aimed at creating uniform services throughout the military graveyard system.

Veterans and honor detail volunteers are furious.

A complaint. One.
If I complained about the complaint would that negate it?

How about if thousands of veterans complained?

Members of Congress?
Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., wrote a letter, signed by 11 other congressmen, to the Department of Veterans …

Snake on a Plane (and Elsewhere)

California Democrat Nancy Pelosi assumed leadership of the House of Representatives 10 months ago, promising to enact serious, and long overdue, ethical reforms -- to stop the growing trend of legislators and their families accepting gifts, trips, and jobs from lobbyists and corporations, and proposed "a new direction" for America.

Apparently that new direction has taken some detours.

1) The plane, Boss, the plane:

The Speaker of the House, 2nd in line for the presidency (after the VP), has been provided a government jet for official business use since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks because of security concerns. Former Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert used a military 12-seat jet to carry him mainly from Washington's Andrews Air Force Base to airports near his home district in Chicago's suburbs.

But Ms Pelosi needs a bigger plane, large enough to carry Democratic "supporters" (= family & lobbyists) and Pelosi staff non-stop cross country.

The conce…

Congress Lies, Big Surprise

Here's a big surprise: Congress is not going to do what it said it would do.

After winning Congressional majority last year, Democrats and Nancy Pelosi triumphantly declared that they would put Congress back to work, promising an “end to the two-day workweek.”

Most of us thought that meant a five-day work-week. You know, like most average Americans have.

Silly old us. <rude noise>

The House Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, told fellow Democrats this week that the House would not be in session next year on Fridays, except in June for work on appropriations bills. Because ... “I do intend to have more time for members to work in their districts and to be close to their families.”

Note: This is the same Mr Hoyer who announced that the House would take a day off during the new Congress' first week in session. Why? Because of the championship college football game between Oklahoma State and Florida State.
Apparently this is the Democratic standard for the congressi…

Fallen Hero: LCpl Jeremy Burris

On Wednesday, October 22, the Main Street of Liberty, Texas, was lined with people paying their respects to U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jeremy Burris as his funeral procession passed by.

Business in the courthouse halted, schools let out and shops closed. The crowd waved hundreds of flags and two giant ones were draped from fire trucks.

In a congressional speech, U.S. Rep. Ted Poe described how moved he had been to see weeping people salute or hold their hands over their hearts.

"Burris was not afraid to die when he joined the Marines a year and a half ago. He told his youth minister he would rather die young while he could still give 100 percent. He was also an unapologetic person of faith."U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jeremy Burris, 22, was killed October 8th in al-Anbar province.

Minutes before his death, he rescued two soldiers wounded when a device exploded under their military vehicle. When Burris returned to the vehicle to retrieve equipment, another bomb detonat…

Not Forgotten: The Marines of Beirut

In the early morning hours of 23 October 1983, simultaneous suicide truck-bomb attacks were made on American and French compounds in Beirut, Lebanon.

A truck loaded with 12,000 pounds of explosives crashed through the security perimeter of the United States Marine Corps Barracks. In the ensuing explosion, 241 U.S. Military personnel (220 US Marines, 21 other service personnel) were killed and 80 seriously wounded. These young people, on a mission of peace in a land stricken by violence, were killed as they slept.

Two minutes later and two miles away, 58 French paratroops were killed when a 400-pound device destroyed a French base.

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
Twenty-one of the American victims of this cowardly act were returned to the United States and were buried near one another in Section 59 of Arlington National Cemetery.
A Cedar of Lebanon tree commemorating their sacrifice is
planted nearby.

The Fallen

View a Flash Presentation of events surrounding the October 23, 1983 mass…

Presidential Pussy-cat

Socks was the 'First Cat' during the Clinton Follies and only the 4th cat to occupy the White House since FDR.

President-elect Bill Clinton's first executive order:
"Special note to all press from the highest authority: don't touch the cat again."

Socks was involved in one of the myriad Congressional investigations into the Clinton administration. The use of White House staff, postage, and stationery to answer mail addressed to the cat was probed by Rep. Dan Burton. This was perhaps the only Clinton scandal involving a pussy that didn't have Bubba smack in the middle of it.

Socks' position as First Pet was usurped in 1997 by Buddy the Dog.
Apparently Socks despised Buddy from first sight and things went downhill from there.

Ms Clinton wrote a book "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets" in which she claimed that only with the arrival of Socks and his “toy mouse” did the White House “become a home.”

Ms Clinton also lectured reader…

Talk is Cheap in the US Senate

Senator Harry Reid denounced Rush Limbaugh -a private citizen- from the Senate floor for using the phrase "phony soldiers" on Limbaugh's radio program.

The roars of Democrat Senators confirming the condemnation were deafening.

A letter signed by 41 Democratic senators sent to Mr Limbaugh was sold Friday on eBay for a record $2.1 million, ALL of which goes to benefit the Maine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, a nonprofit organization that gives scholarship assistance to children of Marines and federal law enforcement personnel whose parents die in the line of duty.

Mr Limbaugh promised to match the selling price and challenged each of the 41 Senators to do the same.

The silence is deafening.

And then, if you can believe this, Mr Reid, once again on the Senate floor, attempted to horn in on the credit.

“Harry Reid in a speech on the Senate floor at 12 noon today, a little over an hour ago, attempted to hone in on all this and take some credit for it, claiming that he a…

The Ig-Nobel Peace Prize

Who's not surprised that Al 'Warm-mongering propagandist' Gore has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work trying to profit from alarming us all about the dangers of man-made global warming?

Lest you think this is another clinky award like the Oscar, it also comes with a million+ dollars. And some supposed world prestige.

But before we bestow sainthood on Al, consider these other Nobel Peace Prize 'winners':

MOHAMED ELBARADEI (2005) for his efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest way.

He has been criticized by the US for his lenient policies in dealing with Iran.

JIMMY CARTER JR., (2002) ex-President of the United States of America, for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.

The Nobel committee head at the time said Ca…

Not Forgotten: the USS Cole

October 12, 2000 The guided missile destroyer USS Cole steamed into Aden harbor just before noon, maneuvering into position for refueling at an offshore mooring station.

Several small boats approached to assist in the mooring. Crew members were on deck, armed and at attention. At 12:15, a small boat pulled alongside the Cole. Two men stood up and the boat exploded.'

The blast ripped a 40-ft. by 40-ft. hole in the Cole's port side.

17 Sailors were killed, 39 wounded.
The rules of engagement, as approved by the Pentagon, prevented the Cole's guards from firing upon the explosives-laden boat as it neared them without first obtaining permission from the Cole's captain or another officer.

Petty Officer John Washak said that right after the blast, a senior chief petty officer ordered him to turn an M-60 machine gun on the Cole's fantail away from a second small boat approaching.
"With blood still on my face I was told: "That's the rules of engagement: no shoot…

Goober Carter: Still Insane

On Tuesday’s CBS "Early Show," host Harry Smith interviewed former president Jimmy Carter, whom he introduced as "Nobel Peace Prize Laureate President Jimmy Carter."

(pardon the background noise, that's just me gagging)

Smith asked ex-President Goober: "Is there a best way to find peace with Iran?"

Asking the idiot who oversaw the transfer of power in Iran from the pro-West Shah to the fanatical Ayatollah Khomeini about how to deal with Iran is like asking the dictator of Sudan how to bring about an end to the genocide in Darfur.
Read on:
HARRY SMITH: You're working with Richard Branson's group, this group called "The Elders," Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, on the ground. You talked to [Sudanese leader Omar al] Bashir, al Bashir?"

JIMMY CARTER: "Oh, yes, several times, I've known Bashir since he was a colonel."

SMITH: "Does he get it?"

CARTER: "Oh, yes. He's quite aware, he's quite k…

UPDATE: The Streets of San Francisco

In regards to my previous post regarding the San Francisco Film Commission denying a request by the USMC to film a recruitment commercial featuring the USMC Silent Drill Team, I, and apparently many others, let Ms Stefanie Coyote (Commission Executive) and the mayor of San Francisco know exactly how I/we felt about it.

Take Dramamine, if you suffer from motion sickness, because you're gonna spin.

The response from Laurel Barsotti (

Thank you for contacting the San Francisco Film Commission regarding the United States Marine Corps' recent filming of a television commercial in San Francisco.

There has been a great deal of misinformation about the filming and we would like to set the record straight:

The United States Marine Corps' film production company, Tight Productions, did recently film part of a commercial in San Francisco. Reports claiming that a film permit was denied are incorrect.

Initially, Tight Productions requested a permit for a …

The Cult of Che

Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Marxist revolutionary, killed 40 years ago today, has, for some perverse reason, become a cult hero.

Che has been resurrected as a symbol of freedom, yet he founded Cuba's labor camp system.

Che is celebrated as a free-thinker, yet he spoke about "hatred as an element of struggle" and "unbending hatred for the enemy".

Che was perceived as a free spirit, but loathed individualism and anyone who was part of the establishment.

He signed his correspondence "Stalin II".

Che was said to disdain material comfort and everyday desires, yet when he moved to Havana in 1959, it was to the most luxurious mansion inside Cuba.

Time magazine featured him as a "hero and icon" of the century:""Though communism may have lost its fire, he remains the potent symbol of rebellion and the alluring zeal of revolution." Paul Berman; "The Cult of Che, Don't Applaud The Motorcycle Diaries";
Sept. 24, 2004: "Ch…

The ClintonBerger

The newest item on the Clinton Campaign platter: The ClintonBerger

Composed of two half-baked lying assholes,

Slathered with Moonbat guano,

Topped with shredded documents stolen from the National Archives.Accompanied by an oriental side dish of Hsu funny money.
(Caution: too much may cause problems)

Serve with a Democratic whine - concocted from sour grapes, has a nutty aftertaste.

Delivered to your home by the Mainstream Media.

Review: Tasteless, hard to swallow, invokes the gag reflex.

Wholly Shi'ite

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who threatened to "find friends elsewhere" back in August, had a secret meeting with Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while both were in NYC recently.

The two Shi'ite leaders also met in Tehran, September 2006, with mutual expressions of 'brotherhood' and pledges of continued cooperation between Iraq and Iran.

Ahmadinejad stated: "This will strengthen bilateral relations. Iran and Iraq, as two brotherly neighbors, will stand by each other and unwanted guests will leave the region."Al-Maliki called the talks 'very constructive', adding that Iran is '...a very important country, a good friend and brother.'

Ahmadinejad added, "All our assistance to the Iraqi people will be to establish complete security in this country [i.e., Iraq]."It seems to me that Mr. al-Maliki has decided to find a friend elsewhere.

It also seems to me, that this country needs to get out of Iraq NOW.
Everybody out. Everyt…

“Winter Soldiers” Reporting for Duty!

"The term "Winter Soldier" is a play on the words of Thomas Paine in 1776 when he spoke of the Sunshine Patriot and summertime soldiers who deserted at Valley Forge because the going was rough." -- John Kerry'Winter Soldier Syndrome' involves military personnel making up false claims, despicable lies and alleged atrocities about what they have done or seen which the media is all too eager to publish, print, and broadcast without blinking an eye or checking the facts. There is rarely substantiation and even more rarely an apology or retraction when proved false.

A few of Kerry's Winter Soldiers:

Jimmy Massey: a Marine Staff Sgt. who claimed to have witnessed and participated in the killing of innocent civilians in Iraq. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Massey repeated his claim that his unit, and he personally, killed four demonstrators. But reporters and a photographer who were embedded with the 3/7 say there is no evidence such a sho…

Goober Carter: Ugly American

The Ugliest American is alive and well and is in Africa this week.

Ex-President Jimmy Carter got into a shouting match with national security forces when he tried to walk through Kabkabiya, a highly volatile pro-Sudanese government town.

You see, he was supposed to meet with local community members including some ethnic African refugees, but none of the non-government refugee representatives showed up.

So, Goober took it upon himself to breach security, making it to a school where he met with one tribal representative before Sudanese security services interrupted.
Omar (the local chief of national security): "No, you can't go. It's not on the program."

Goober: "We're going to anyway."
Carter told the security chief they didn't have the authority to stop him.

Old age is a terrible thing:
Apparently Ex-President Goober still thinks he is a somebody.
He must have forgotten that he was a guest in a foreign nation.
Omar: "We are in the security field. We…

Black Hawk Down: Clinton AWOL

The First Battle of Mogadishu (aka the "Battle of the Black Sea") was fought on October 3 and 4, 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia, by forces of the United States against Somali militia fighters loyal to warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

During the operation, two U.S. MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down by rocket-propelled grenades. Some of the soldiers were able to evacuate the wounded back to the compound, but others were trapped at the crash sites and cut off.

An urban battle ensued that lasted throughout the night. Early the next morning, a joint task force was sent to rescue the trapped soldiers. This task force reached the first crash site and led the trapped soldiers out. The second crash site was overrun and pilot Mike Durant, the lone surviving American, was taken prisoner but later released.

Eighteen American soldiers died and 73 were wounded. Another American soldier, Delta op SFC Matt Rierson, was killed in a mortar attack two days later.

Americans were outraged at t…

Tom Harkin: Triple Threat!

A Fool, a Liar, A Liberal Idiot!
The Trifecta of Senatorship!
Tom Harkin (D/Iowa) has joined the Democrats attempt to smear conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Harkin attacking Rush Limbaugh on the Senate floor:

"Well, I don’t know. Maybe he was just high on his drugs again. I don’t know whether he was or not. If so, he ought to let us know. But that shouldn’t be an excuse."

The hoohah is over Rush Limbaugh allegedly calling Iraq War veterans who call for the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq “phony soldiers.” Limbaugh was talking about actual phony soldiers, like Jesse MacBeth and Micah Wright, as well as fabulists who are in the military but also make themselves useful to the anti-war left by becoming war critics, like Scott Thomas Beauchamp.

Media Matters for America (affiliated with and funded by George Soros) which is pretty much a front organization for Hillary Clinton (in fact, she claims to have started it), took Limbaugh's 'phony soldiers' comment,…